June 10, 2015

SOM 2015 : Week 12 - Catholic Church

This week we looked at the Catholic Church,her history, the church and the Sacraments. The speakers of this week were our very own ICPE priests – Fr Tony Alex, Fr Francis D’souza and Fr Alliston Fernandes.

Fr Tony began the week by sharing with us the incredible history of the church, explaining to us how she has evolved into the Mother church we have today.

Fr Alliston explained to us the concept of Church and her mission. In particular, we looked at the characteristics of the Church through the four major Marks of the Church being One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.

Fr Francis beautifully explained the importance and the depth of each of the seven Sacraments. We learnt that the Sacraments are an extension of Christ into our time and that God’s grace is showered immensely through the Sacraments.

The church still stands as a mystical body of Christ empowered by the Holy Spirit throughout history and has overcome many obstacles along her path. Today, we recognize the enormous treasure that she is and are proud to be part of this Universal Church.

Testimony by Jeanne (Malaysia)

This week, I realize that the Church is the Mother Jesus has given us. Human, but wise and loving. Whatever Jesus did in His time, He is still doing today through the Sacraments of the Church. How great is His love for me that because I know through experience, He provided me with these beautiful gifts that help me experience more of His love.

Testimony by Jerome (India)

I am so blessed to be part of the Catholic Church, with a rich history of 2000 years. A church truly led by the Holy Spirit. A church that really knows what she is doing.